Red

1981 Château Cheval Blanc

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Libournais
  • St. Émilion Grand Cru
Drink between 1998 - 2017 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 36

  • Vinum Deorum wrote: 90 points

    September 13, 2021 - Past its prime but still enjoyable. Aromas of chocolate, sage, bell pepper, leather, wet fur. A bit of brett and bitterness in that wine, which is nevertheless quite enjoyable. Medium-bodied with slightly harsh tanins this wine should have been drunk 10 years ago I but still gives a bit of pleasure. It is not really balanced, but quite elegant though. I haven't drunk much wine from this vintage, but I don't think I have had some that were better than that.

  • Jeff Leve wrote: 90 points

    August 28, 2021 - Light, and definitely not at the level it was almost a decade ago when I last tasted it, but, that being said, it was still a treat. Popped and poured, its nose of tobacco leaf, truffle, fresh herbs, mint, dried flowers, and bright red plums showed with no effort. Medium-bodied, soft, and refined on the palate, the elegantly textured wine requires consumption before it continues its slow fade.

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  • bsinclair Likes this wine: 93 points

    August 14, 2021 - At birthday party with family. Beautiful color, very subtle tertiary aromas of leather and dry fuit, and a decent finish. One of the best 1981s I've had so far with Pichon Comtesse

  • Krokfjord Likes this wine: 92 points

    July 8, 2021 - Dekantert for sedimenter og kranglete kork, så tilbake på flaske. Jordbær, plommer, lær, teblader, fortsatt såvidt tanninbitt, kantete men samtidig meget elegant - tenk Lamborghini Countach - ingen sjarmør, men vakker klassisk høyreside-Bdx som drikker på topp nå. Frukten dabbet av etter ca 1,5 time, men ikke tid til slow ox i dag som kanskje kunne reddet en time eller to til med fruktspill. På topp var dette nydelig.

  • James Kim Likes this wine: 93 points

    May 20, 2021 - From memory. Small pour. Decanted for > 2h off sediment. Lovely, seamless melange of dried cherries, currants, leather, minerals, a bit of cedar on palate. Elegant palate with fantastic balance. Wish I could spend a night with the bottle to see the evolution - suspect my score would be higher. Nevertheless, lovely for the small amount that I had. 93+

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  • By John Gilman
    Jul/Aug 2016, Issue #64, Comparing the 1981 Claret Vintage at Age Thirty-Five And the 1986 Bordeaux Vintage At Age Thirty

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  • By Jancis Robinson
    6/26/2015 (link)

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  • By John Gilman
    Bonus Articles, Right Time, Right Bank (Originally April 2001, updated November 2003)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1981
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Cheval Blanc
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Libournais
  • Appellation St. Émilion Grand Cru

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 6 (1%)
  • In Cellars 342 (73%)
  • Consumed 119 (25%)

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